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All photographs unless otherwise stated belong to the "Sidney Clarence Gudsell Photographic Trust"

Photographer's negatives - the most common question I am asked relates to the current location of photographer's negatives - see this post. 

I'm not able to provide any information about photographers other than that on this site.  I'm am also not able to date photographs or assist you in identifying people in photographs you may have.  I am unable to assist in locating the current location of business records of any photographer.

I recommend the Auckland City Library's website for more information about New Zealand photographers -

BEERE, Daniel Manders

Messrs. Beere

Daily Southern Cross, Volume XX, Issue 2043, 5 February 1864, Page 5

 Military camp at Drury, Auckland 
Photograph taken by Daniel Manders Beere. Marvin, W G (Captain) :Marvin family photographs. Ref: PA1-q-320-27-1. 
Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

 Queen's Redoubt and military camp at Pokeno south of Auckland 
Photograph taken by Daniel Manders Beere. Marvin, W G (Captain) :Marvin family photographs. Ref: PA1-q-320-27-2. 
Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

Ruanakia - Militia Armed Forces Camp
Watercolour, 32 x 49 cm
Dunbar Sloane


John Dunlop
Christchurch and Wanganui

Grand and Dunlop - Christchurch, c. 1875 to 1887
John Dunlop, Oxford Terrace West, Christchurch, 1888 
Eden George, 1888-1891?

Dunlop and Hawley - Wanganui 1891
John Dunlop  - Wanganui 1891 to 1901
succeeded by Louis Gladstone Brogan - Wanganui March 1901

John Dunlop was born in England about 1845 and arrived in New Zealand about 1865. He married at the Holy Trinity Church, Avonside, Christchurch on 10 April 1878, Elizabeth Miriam Scrivener nee Hole, the eldest daughter of Mr W. Hole of Alhampton, Somersetshire. She was the second wife and widow of Cephas Scrivener, draper (he died at East Town Belt, Christchurch on 8 December 1876, first wife Annie Ross died at her residence Abraham Street, Grahamstown on 26 June 1872 aged 29 years).

Elizabeth Miriam Dunlop died on 21 July 1910 at 169 Victoria Street, Christchurch aged 68 and John Dunlop died on 17 July 1925 at the residence of his son William J. Dunlop, 497 Barbadoes Street, Christchurch aged 80. They are both buried in Linwood Cemetery (block 34 plot 226).

William John Dunlop (Optician) born 17 June 1879, Victoria Street, Christchurch, reg. 1879/12675, died 28 June 1958 aged 79 years, reg. 1958/35529, buried Linwood Cemetery (block A plot 176), married Elizabeth Foster circa 1907, reg.1907/3314, born 20 September  1877 Dunedin, died 1 January 1962 aged 84 years buried Linwood Cemetery (block A plot 176).

          Clarence William Dunlop born 28 August 1909, 30 Barbadoes Street, St Albans, Christchurch, reg. 1909/10763, died circa 1990, reg 1990/27707, married 1939 Beatrice Grace Pring born 23
August 1913 Christchurch - 3 children


Press, Volume XV, Issue 2003, 16 September 1869, Page 3
In the 1860's John Dunlop worked for James Elsbee and later Daniel Louis Mundy.

 Press, Volume XLV, Issue 7168, 2 October 1888, Page 1
In June 1888 William Sherlock advertised from this address. This notice continued in the Press until 9 October 1888 and in May 1890 John Spiller advertised from this address.

He was named in 1890 as a Provisional Director of Eden George Company Limited along with Vivian White Parsons, Eden George and Charles George.
Press, Volume XLVII, Issue 7580, 17 June 1890, Page 1

Dunlop, John, Photographer, Victoria Avenue, Wanganui. Established 1891.
The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District], 1897, page 1409

Mr G. W. Hean, pharmaceutical chemist (by examination) has an advertisement in this issue announcing that he has opened business as a chemist and druggist. His shop is the one occupied until lately by Mr Dunlop, photographer, opposite the temporary post and telegraph office in the Avenue.
Wanganui Herald, Volume XXXV, Issue 10306, 6 April 1901, Page 2

William Sefton Moorhouse 
by George Anderson Lawson (1832-1904)

The William Sefton Moorhouse statue in the Botanic Gardens, Christchurch was based on a portrait by the Christchurch photographer James Elsbee.
Press, Volume XXXIX, Issue 5521, 30 May 1883, Page 2

Past and Present, and Men of the Times by William Jackson Barry
McKee and Gamble, 1897, Wellington New Zealand Electronic Text Centre

Portrait of
James Elsbee
pioneer Christchurch photographer by
Daniel Louis Mundy

Description: Portrait of James Elsbee, pioneer Christchurch photographer, taken by Daniel Louis Mundy of Christchurch. ID: PA2-1455
Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.


 Statue of William Sefton Moorhouse in the Botanical Gardens, Christchurch
Fifty Years Progress in Canterbury - The Jubilee Number of The Weekly Press Christchurch, N.Z., 1900.

Collis and Davis

Collis and Davis
 opposite the Provincial Hotel, Ridgway Street, Wanganui
December 1899 -  March 1901

Emily May Collis [Emmie]
daughter of Mary and William Collis, sister of the photographer William Andrews Collis
born circa 1870, reg. 1870/12842
  died 23 August 1903 Ingestre Street, Wanganui [1] aged 33 years
reg. 1903/5432

 married 30 September 1901 
at the residence of the bride's parents, Vivian Street, New Plymouth, reg.  1901/2779 
Francis Alexander Shaw Carlisle

Doreen May Carlisle, born 6 September 1902, reg 1902/14670,  died circa 1975, reg. 1975/47182, married circa 1928, reg. 1928/1646 George Gothorp

Mrs Carlyle, whose death was announced from Wanganui this week, was a lady of considerable artistic capability and promise. Before her marriage, when she was Miss Emily Collis, she gained quite a reputation for her clever and humourous black and white work, some of which appeared in the Observer from time to time in the form of caricatures and sketches from New Plymouth. The deceased lady was the youngest daughter of the late Mr W. Collis, photographer [sic], of New Plymouth.
Observer, Volume XXIII, Issue 50, 29 August 1903, Page 4

Mr W. A. Collis has forwarded to us some specimens of his Christmas photograph cards, which are very artistically got up. The chief feature in the cards this year is the Jubilee gathering in the centre of the town in March last, although, of course considerably reduced, the figures are very distinct. The border of flowers around the picture is pretty, and adds to the attractiveness of the cards. Mr Collis has also views of a waterfall on the Waiwakaiho some of which have been artistically coloured by Miss E. Collis, and form a very pretty picture. On one of the boughs of a tree are the words "Compliments of the Season." There should be a large demand for these cards.
Taranaki Herald, Volume XL, Issue 9208, 20 October 1891, Page 2 

We understand that the Misses Davis and Collis, both well and favourably known in connection with the photographic art, and who were recently with Mr Martin at his studio in the Avenue, have decided to commence business for themselves. To that end they have leased promises in Ridgway Street, next Mr Hogg's confectionery establishment, and will open the same next week under the title of the Ridgway Studio. It is to the credit of these ladies that they have the enterprise to thus start business for themselves, and, knowing their capabilities, we wish them every success.
Wanganui Herald, Volume XXXIII, Issue 9912, 30 November 1899, Page 2


A new departure in the photographic line is the enterprise displayed by two young ladies of Wanganui. Miss Davis, whose woik as a mounter and finisher is well known, and Miss Collis, an artist of considerable talent and repute, have taken the up-stairs portion of the Ridgway buildings, and will open Ridgway Studio next week. The Studio is being fitted up in keeping with the most modern ideas, while the ladies' dressing, room, office, laboratory, and appliances are all up-to-date. We congratulate these young ladies on their enterprise, and 
anticipate good business for them.— Wanganui Chronicle.
Taranaki Herald, Volume XLVIII, Issue 11696, 11 December 1899, Page 2

Wanganui Herald, Volume XXXIII, Issue 9912, 12 December 1899, Page 3

Misses Collis and Davis, the enterprising young ladies who have opened a photographic studio in Ridgway Street, four doors from the Post Office, announce that they are now prepared to fulfil all orders entrusted to their care, including re-touching and enlarging.

Miss Collis is an artist of no mean ability, whose lightning sketches and other work is not unknown in Wanganui, and in addition she has had considerable experience in photographic studios in Auckland and New Plymouth.

Miss Davis was connected with Mr A. Martin's studio for many years, and also with Messrs Wrigglesworth and Binns of Wellington, so that both ladies are well qualified to conduct a business that we sincerely trust will be highly successful. such enterprise, especially when undertaken by the fair sex, deserves hearty support.

Wanganui Herald, Volume XXXIII, Issue 9912, 12 December 1899, Page 3

Misses Collis and Davis, the enterprising young ladies who have decided to enter into the photographic business on their own account, announce that their Ridgway Studio is now open. The studio, which is situated four doors from the Post Office, is replete with all the necessary conveniences, and is, we need hardly add, most artistically arranged. Misses Collis and Davis are deserving of encouragement for their enterprise, and it is pleasing to note that yesterday, when their studio was first opened to the pubic, they had quite a number of sittings.
Wanganui Chronicle, Volume XLIII, Issue 15000, 14 December 1899, Page 2 

The photographic art practised in Wanganui is generally criticised by those in a position to pass opinion as being equal to anything of the kind in the colony.

Within the past four weeks the Ridgway Studio has been established and fitted in an up-to-date manner by the Misses Collis and Davis, and during that time they have been kept busily employed in attending to the requirements of many clients from town and country. The result to-day is a display in the show cases of some really excellent specimens of their skill, including some beautiful enlargements, bearing most favourable comparison in quality with work turned out from more pretentious ateliers, and at prices practically lower than those charged in the larger centres.

The Misses Collis and Davis have a happy idea as to the posing of the subjects brought under the camera, and the finishing and mounting by the aid of the latest bromide process gives an effect which is decidedly satisfactory. The works of art referred to include not only adults, but a number of juveniles, the latter taken in some new and novel positions, artistic and at the same time pleasing to the eye. We heartily compliment the Misses Collis and Davis on the undoubted success which has so quickly attended their business enterprise, and anticipate for them a long continuance of that public and practical support which they so much deserve.

Wanganui Herald, Volume XXXIV, Issue 9937, 13 January 1900, Page 2

 The two large show cases on either side of the entrance to the Ridgway Studio, containing as they do many beautifully-finished photographs, give ample evidence of the large amount of work recently perfected at the establishment, proving also how successful the Misses Collis and Davis have been during the few months since they commenced business. Particular attention is directed to the show case with the artistic display of children's photographs, without doubt a speciality of this up-to-date atelier.
Wanganui Herald, Volume XXXIV, Issue 10017, 21 April 1900, Page 2

Misses Collis and Davis are progressing in Wanganui. An enlarged photograph recently finished by them for presentation was declared by the Wanganui Herald to be the best yet turned out in Wanganui.
Taranaki Herald, Volume XLVIII, Issue 11821, 14 May 1900, Page 2 

 The show cases at the entrance to the studio of Misses Collis and Davis are at the present time filled with splendid photographs, indicative of much skill on the part of the well-known lady photographers. Misses Collis and Davis are prepared to undertake any class of photographic work, and it is superfluous to say that patrons may rest assured that the very best results will be the outcome.
Wanganui Chronicle, Issue 15000, 29 December 1900, Page 2

The Misses Collis and Davis, who have been in business in Wanganui for the last fifteen months having disposed of their interests in the Ridgway studio, request that all accounts owing to them be paid forthwith, and state that they will be in attendance up till Saturday, 16th March, to receive the same.
Wanganui Herald, Volume XXXV, Issue 10280, 5 March 1901, Page 2 

 Sketches by Emily May Collis (EMC)
Observer, Volume XI, Issue 761, 29 July 1893, Page 12


 His Excellency the Governor at New Plymouth.
Sketches by Emily May Collis (EMC)
 Observer, Volume XVI, Issue 990, 25 December 1897, Page 17

  A New Plymouth Sketch
 The above represents what befel three New Plymouth sports. Their tin gee-gee, it is supposed, having come from the wilds of Bell Block, was not accustomed to meeting so much youth and beauty at one swoop. Accordingly he shied, and shot the three sports into the ditch.
A sketch by Emily May Collis (EMC)
Observer, Volume XVIII, Issue 1023, 6 August 1898, Page 22

Women named Davis on the 1900 Wanganui Electoral Roll:
Annie Davis
Beatrice Maude Davis
Elizabeth Davis
Emily Mary Davis
Mary Davis
Sarah Ann Davis
Sarah Davis
Minnie Davis
Mary Davis

[1] Auckland Star, Volume XXXIV, Issue 201, 24 August 1903, Page 8


Louis Gladstone Brogan
born 9 January 1870 Wellington, New Zealand
son of Emma and Patrick Brogan
died 18 October 1943 Wellington, New Zealand

Mr L. G. Brogan, late of Christchurch, has purchased the interests of Misses Collis and Davis in the Ridgway Street Studio, and will in future carry on the photographic business in those premises, giving prompt attention to all orders that may be entrusted to him. It may be mentioned that Mr Brogan has also bought out the whole of the plant and appliances connected with Mr. Dunlop's studio in the Avenue, and will concentrate the same in carrying on the Ridgway Street Studio, possession of which was taken to-day.
Wanganui Herald, Volume XXXV, Issue 10280, 5 March 1901, Page 2


Mr. L. Brogan, who has acquired the joint photographic businesses of Misses Collis and Davis and Mr. Dunlop, comes to Wanganui with a first class reputation as an artistic photographer. He has filled responsible positions with some of the best known city firms, and samples of his work, now on view at the Ridgway street Studio, speak eloquently as to his ability as a finished and painstaking artist.

Among the more prominent pictures, on view in the cases is a charming child study, depicting an infant in the full enjoyment of a morning tub, several nicely arranged and artistically finished family groups, and a striking panel enlargements. One of the best pieces of photographic work we have seen was a beautiful feminine study in negrette, in which, we should imagine, Mr. Brogan has obtained the very results in the application of light and shade effects.

Mr. Brogan is up-to-date in his methods, and we notice that in the manipulation of the camera he has discarded the use of the "cap" the absence of which, he says, enables him to obtain a better control of the sitters, and to secure in all cases a natural expression. Mr. Brogan says he is determined to please patrons, and to that end, should a first sitting not give satisfactory results, he is prepared to give a second sitting without extra charge.

Wanganui Chronicle, 29 May 1901, Page 2


James Brown
Tay Street, Invercargill

Southland Times, Volume III, Issue 44, 17 February 1864, Page 1

Optimus Studio Co. Milton

Optimus Studio Co.

Bruce Herald, Volume XXXIX, Issue 137, 19 May 1903, Page 4

Bruce Herald, Volume XXXX, Issue 73, 23 September 1904, Page 4

Clutha Leader, Volume XXXIV, Issue 2114, 1 May 1908, Page 4

Clutha Leader, Volume XXXV, Issue 2116, 18 December 1908, Page 4

  Clutha Leader, Volume XXXV, Issue 29, 20 April 1909, Page 6

W. Moffat


WALLIS, Robert

Robert Wallis

reverse inscription - "ac 1951/143 Claphams [1] Station, Pati Tapu, Alfredton
Pres T. W. Clapham [2], 58 Pipitea St, [3]"

Wairarapa Daily Times, Volume LXVI, Issue 12014, 26 June 1914, Page 1

[1] Alfred Robert Clapham
[2] Thomas William Clapham
[3] Wellington

BAVERSTOCK, William Sykes

William Sykes Baverstock
also see Old Canterbury
O.B.E., F.R.S.A.
born 2 August 1893 Norwich, Norfolk, England
died 11 October 1975 Princess Margaret Hospital, Christchurch
aged 82 years
buried Bromley Cemetery block 34 plot 43NS

 In Memory of William Sykes Baverstock O.B.E., F.R.S.A. by H. S. Baverstock
pages 52-53

He was a skilled and inveterate photographer, many of his photos being published in the Christmas Number of the "Weekly Press," and the "N.Z. Traveller." Over 100 photos of his taking, developing and enlarging were published in N.Z. Annuals, in the "N.Z. Illustrated," Tui's Annual (N.Z. Dairy Exporter Annual), the "Press Junior," N.Z. "Free Lance," N.Z. Railways Magazine, Brett's Annual, the Otago Witness, the N.Z. "Mirror" and the Boy's High School Magazine. He contributed many of his photos to Brett's Annual form 1928-1932 and they were always glad to publish them. His photos of paintings and sculpture were published in "Art in New Zealand." He judged the Photographic Competition for the Canterbury A. and P. Association.

He was a foundation Member of the Christchurch Photographic Society and for several years exhibited in the New Zealand Inter-club Photo Competition. He designed and made a number of coloured advertisements - lantern slides for theatre use. I have over 80 enlarged, mounted and titled photos of West Coast scenes, many of great historic interest. He took intense interest in many Agricultural Shows in the Show Grounds, particularly in the side-shows and the circuses in front of which usually stood that spectacular Aborigine, Queensland Harry. He was meticulously careful in all processes of developing, printing and enlarging. His sepia enlargements are still as good as new. There is a valuable series of photos of those wonderful town site buildings of Canterbury College. He also took a series of photos of the grounds of Boys' High School after I had planted the whole premises in trees and shrubs. His photos depict the South Island from the Sounds to Lake Manapouri and throughout the West Coast.
pages 52-53

Christchurch Photographic Society.
At the monthly meeting of the Christchurch Photographic Society Mr. T. W. Rowe presided over an attendance of 23 members and friends. The lantern lecture, "Across France to the Pyrenees," was not able to be given, owing to unforeseen circumstances. The president gave a most interesting talk, "With Camera and Bicycle in the South Island." He spoke of the scenery, which provided much work for the photographer, also of the hospitality he met with on his cycling trips. The lecture was illustrated by many beautiful photographs. A hearty vote of thanks was passed to the lecturer. The monthly competition,- "Landscape," brought a large number of entries, and the following awards were made: —Enlargements: F. L. Casbolt 1, T. W. Rowe 2, Miss M. Scott 3. Contact prints: W. S. Baverstock 1, 2, and 3. A field day will be held on Saturday, when a visit will be made to "The Tors and Castle Rock, Heathcote."
Press, Volume LXI, Issue 18329, 12 March 1925, Page 3

 Baverstock, William Sykes, 1893-1975. Ngaio Marsh - Photograph taken by W S Baverstock. Dacres-Mannings, J: Photographs relating to Dame Ngaio Marsh. Ref: PAColl-0326-09. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand.

Matakitaki River by William Sykes Baverstock

Christchurch Boys' High School by William Sykes Baverstock

He attended the Christchurch School of Art as an evening pupil in 1915 and received a first class pass for drawing from life. Ngaio Marsh received a second class pass in the same category - Press, Volume LI, Issue 15463, 16 December 1915, Page 10.

Director of the Robert McDougall Art Gallery
Baverstock was Secretary of the Canterbury Society of Arts, part-time Curator of the Robert McDougall Art Gallery from 1943 to 1960 and Director (full time) of the McDougall Art Gallery from 1960 to c.1970.
He was a working member of the Canterbury Society of Arts from 1917 to 1972, although he did not exhibit every year.  

above: William Sykes Baverstock in 1967

Chch authority on art dies at 82
One of Christchurch's authorities on art, Mr W.S. Baverstock, died late last week. He was aged 82.

Mr Baverstock was born in Norwich, England, and came to New Zealand in 1901, when his father took charge of the lithographic department of "The Press."

While at the Canterbury College of Art he won two scholarships, and was awarded a first class diploma by the Society of Arts. His wide range of interests included caricatures, illuminated designs, and drawings, as well as painting.

He was a member of the management committee of Children's Health Camp from 1935, and was responsible for planning the health camps of New Zealand.

He was from its beginning a member of the Glenelg Health Camp committee, and a prominent member of the committee of the Friends of the Canterbury Museum. He was an honorary member of the museum staff and restored its paintings.

He was secretary-treasurer of the Canterbury Society of Arts, and the minute-books he kept constitute a history of art in Canterbury. His service to the society lasted from 1943 to 1959.

In 1948, he was appointed honorary curator of the Robert McDougall Art Gallery, and in 1960 he became its first full-time director. In 1950, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

He managed 90 major exhibitions for the Christchurch City Council, and 31 for the Arts Society. For many of these he prepared the catalogues and wrote all the advertising. In addition, he developed a print lending scheme and without fee, attended to hundreds of inquiries about works of art.

Mr Baverstock was the longest-serving member of the Christchurch Savage Club, and did many black-and-white caricatures for the club.

He was awarded the O.B.E. for his service to children and the arts.

The Press, 13 October 1975.

"The Hollyford"
A mountain scene by William Sykes Baverstock
21.7 x  16.5

Family - William Baverstock was born in Norwich, Norfolk, England in 1893 the son of Alice Baverstock nee Sykes and William Baverstock. His father a lithographic artist was born in Pentonville, London about 1866 and his mother was born in Preston, Lancashire about 1862. There were two other known children both also born in Norwich; Harry about 1896 and Doris about 1900. The 1901 census shows the family living at 26 Wellington Road, Norwich. William's grandfather Thomas John Baverstock was a gold wire drawer.

William arrived in New Zealand with his family late in 1901; his sister Doris died nine months after their arrival aged 1 year 9 months. His mother died in 1922 and his father in 1964 aged 98 years. His brother Harry, a school master died in 1984 aged 84 years.

added 20 June 2010

BEKEN, Charles John

Charles John Beken
son of Thomas Beken and Eleanor Hurst
born 11 September 1859 [1] on board the immigrant ship "Zealandia" sailed London 11 August 1859 - arrived Lyttelton 12 November 1859, birth reg. 1859/10014 New Zealand
  died 1 December 1944 aged 85 years, reg. 1944/30222 
buried block 33, plot 178 Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch 

11 March 1882, reg. 1882/592
Frances Agnes Emma Smart
born 23 August 1860 Christchurch, New Zealand, reg. 1860/10294,
daughter of Sarah Jane and Edmund Smart  
baptised on 16 September 1860 at St Peters Church, Riccarton, Christchurch 
died 19 January 1946 aged 85 years, reg. 1946/19247
buried block 33, plot 178 Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch

They had four children:
1. Ellenor Beken born circa 1882, reg. 1882/15954, married circa 1907, reg. 1907/3707, Edwin Bollington  
2. Albert Charles Beken born circa 1884, reg. 1884/20165, married circa 1912, reg. 1912/2903, Clara Alice Barnard, she died 13 June 1919 at Waimate Hospital,  he married secondly 10 November 1920 St Mary's Church, Heathcote, Olive Harriet Annie Meek (the artist Olive Beken) [2] daughter of John and Annie Meek, born 11 July 1897 - died 4 December 1982 Nelson. 
3.  Henry Beken born circa 1886, reg. 1886/7743        
4. Lucy Beken born circa 1891, reg. 1891/6052, married circa 1921, reg. 1921/8415, Joseph William Wilson.   

The family connection, if any, with the marine photographers Beken & Son of Cowes, has not been established.

Industrial Exhibition 1895
... Mr Charles Beken shows some exceedingly nice work, one of the most attractive specimens of which is No. 78, an enlarged portrait of a child, charming in its delicacy and softness...
Star, Issue 5371, 24 September 1895, Page 4

"Millbrook Reserve - an open air fernery on the Avon riverside, Christchurch"
blind stamped "C. Beken - Chch"
protected C. Beken 25/5/2- 

reverse inscribed
"Please return R. B. Owen, 751 Colombo St"
 [Richard Bedward Owen - see Rich Man, Poor Man, Environmentalist, Thief, Biographies of Canterbury personalities written for the Millennium and for the 150th anniversary of the Canterbury Settlement by Richard L N Greenaway]

" Sir, —I would like to ask your advice on the following matter: —Last October I did a lot of photographic work for the Government Tourist Department, for their exhibit in the Industrial Exhibition held here last November, and up to date have not been able to get payment for it. My account was rendered to the Tourist Department here, and the officer in charge informs me he "passed" it and forwarded it to the head office. He informs me he has written about it and other accounts for work done for tho same Exhibition, and that none have been paid yet (although it is now six months ago). I have also written myself about it, and was informed that my account had been passed, and that a cheque would reach me at an early date. But the early date does not come. When next I enquired, I was told that all accounts would be squared up before Mr Massey took charge of affairs, but as Mr Massey did not take charge of affairs my account has not been paid. The next time I enquired, it was All accounts would be paid by the end of March the end of the Government financial year. I would be glad if you could inform me what is the best thing to do in the matter. Can I place it in the hands of a solicitor to take proceedings, as the Department evidently does not intend to pay it unless something is done. I would like to state that the prices charged for the work done by me were the prices fixed by the Tourist Department, viz., for lantern slides, 1s each, and for 23in. x 17in. enlargements, 5s each (I would like to know how many firms would like to do work at those sweating prices), and the other work was done at the same ridiculously low rates, and then the Government do not pay for the work till months after. A great proportion of the money was paid out for materials, and as I am only a working man, working on my own account, it is too bad to be kept waiting all these months for my money.—Yours, etc., CHAS. BEKEN.

We trust that the publication of the above letter will have the result desired by our correspondent.—Ed. "The Press.

Press, Volume LXVIII, Issue 14331, 17 April 1912, Page 7

"The Road from Rotoiti, Nelson"
by Olive Beken (1897-1982)
oil on board, 61cm x 46cm
purchased September 2011

[1] Lyttelton Times, Volume XII, Issue 733, 16 November 1859, Page 4
[2] Press, Volume LVI, Issue 16995, 18 November 1920, Page 2